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August 13, 2017

Top 5 smartphone features that are trending down or no longer exist

As smartphones evolve so do the features that come with them. Some of them stick around for a very long time, some trend down due lack in popularity or usefulness, and some simply fade away into obscurity and become obsolete. The point is, we’ve seen a lot of smartphone features come and go over the years for a variety of reasons, so let’s take a look at a handful of smartphone features that have trended down or no longer exist in the smartphone world.

Physical keyboards

Back when smartphones used to have a wider array of form factors and capacitive touch screens weren’t as prevalent, physical keyboards on smartphones were extremely popular. We had the popular [...]

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November 8, 2016

What’s the difference between a Li-ion and solid-state battery?

A couple of weeks ago, Kris introduced us to the topic of solid-state batteries and how they might be the next major advancement in smartphone battery technology. In short, solid-state batteries are safer, can pack in more juice, and can be used for even thinner devices. Unfortunately, they’re prohibitively expensive to put into medium-sized smartphone cells right now, but that might change in the coming years.

So, if you’ve been wondering what exactly a solid-state battery is and how it’s different to today’s lithium-ion cells, read on.

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The key difference between the commonly used [...]

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